Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

Peter Johnson always keeps an eye on this blog and is kind enough to share his recollections with me by email. Peter’s comments on the clutch: “The original clutch was used at first… Sadly, the splined hub was soft, and kept sinking onto the output shaft… Went to see an old man who had an …

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As acquired, 2751 featured a mix of foot controls. We have looked at each component carefully to assess provenance and made a decision whether to employ the part in the restoration, replace with the correct item (I have a stock of NOS racing foot control components) or remanufacture to correct specifications. Both footrest control hanger …

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Grey Flashes were all fitted with finned drums finished in black enamel. These are the same as fitted to Black Shadow and Black Lightning models: two per hub, front and rear. The rear hub is drilled for 10 bolts as per Black Shadow and Black Lightning models. Only 5 bolts are present – perhaps they …

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I was initially worried that I might have to try and source a correct carburettor for 2751. This is what came fitted to the bike: This appeared to be of the correct clip-fitting configuration. The float bowl angle should be 15 degrees. Note the film case cap – photographer Peter Johnson’s touch no doubt! I …

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Here is a shot of what the handlebars and controls looked like when I acquired 2751: Peter Johnson commented that the tachometer and tacho’ drive gearbox were not the ones that the bike left Australia fitted with. The alloy twist grip/front brake and clutch levers are of a more recent type, possibly manufactured by Doherty. …

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